Charlie Morton returns after nine rehab starts in the minor leagues.

Pirates right-handed pitcher Charlie Morton returns to the mound Thursday night at PNC Park, facing the San Francisco Giants almost one year to the day since his reconstructive elbow surgery.

Morton becomes the 10th different starting pitcher Pittsburgh has used, yet the Pirates still maintain the 5th-best rotation ERA and 8th-best FIP in the National League. The average-to-above-average numbers are a testament to unexpectedly solid contributions from Jeff Locke, Jeanmar Gomez and Francisco Liriano.

The arsenal of pitches Morton throws will be pretty much the same as you remember. Here is how he threw his pitches over the 2011 and 2012 seasons, per BrooksBaseball:

Sinker - 91.7 miles per hour (57% of pitches)...

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